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Time running out to comment on BATFE 'shotgun importability study'
St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 13 April, 2011 | Kurt Hofmann

Posted on 04/14/2011 6:16:49 AM PDT by marktwain

Back at the end of January, we talked about a proposal from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), to outlaw the importation of many popular shotguns, on the grounds that these shotguns were not "particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes." Application of this "sporting purposes test" is relevant because under provisions of the Gun Control Act of 1968, importation of firearms is generally illegal, except under such excemptions as the firearms in question having "sporting purposes."

This started with a "study" the BATFE conducted (pdf file) that found (surpise, surprise) that many shotguns now imported under the "sporting purposes" exemption are actually not, according to BATFE, "suitable for sporting purposes." That, of course, depends in a major way on what the sport is--and so BATFE has blithely decided to award itself the power to decide which sports qualify:

[T]he scope of “sporting purposes” did not include all lawful activity, but was limited to traditional sports such as hunting, skeet shooting, and trap shooting. This effectively narrowed the universe of firearms considered by each study because a larger number of firearms are “particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to a sporting purpose” if plinking and police or military-style practical shooting competitions are also included as a “sporting purpose.”

As National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea asks,

So now the fedgov presumes the power to be the final arbiter of “authorized sports”? Really? Did they just invent that power for themselves out of thin air, while the Republic was sleeping?

Remember that what the BATFE is seeking here is not a change in the law--they're claiming the power to dramatically limit which shotguns are importable, simply through administrative fiat. Still, they are generously (that's sarcasm, for anyone who missed it) seeking comments from the

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atf; banglist; imports; shotgun
We need to get on the record opposing this. Even if you don't think we can stop it, we need to be on the record. ATF is embroiled in the gunwalker scandal. They are vulnerable.
1 posted on 04/14/2011 6:16:57 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Just tell them they are being transshipped to Mexico and they’ll be okay with it...............


2 posted on 04/14/2011 6:20:31 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: marktwain

If you don’t speak up, you’ll find your new Kel-Tec Shotgun, your Saiga shotgun, and any shotgun that holds more than 5 rounds re-classifed as a “Destructive Device” under the unconstitutional National Firearms Act of 1934. $200.00 transfer and 6 month wait every purchase.


3 posted on 04/14/2011 7:02:44 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
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To: marktwain

I didn’t know shooting enemies, foriegn or domestic, was a sport.

The purpose of the 2nd is to make sure civilians have a way to protect themselves from a over reaching government.
Yes, that even means owning machine guns and hand grenades.

Like the prez says,they bring a knife we bring a gun.


4 posted on 04/14/2011 7:55:32 AM PDT by devistate one four (United states code 10.311 Militia Kimber CDP II .45 OORAH! TET68)
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